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Old 03-12-2020, 02:17 AM
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Does anybody know how long the protection of an alcohol wipe lasts on such things as elevator buttons? In terms of killing germs, I mean.
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Old 03-12-2020, 05:43 AM
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Alcohol dries almost instantly, so it won't last that long.
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Old 03-12-2020, 06:51 AM
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Pretty much any alcohol-based sterilizer is going to be a 1-shot. It'll take out what's there, but not do a thing for what comes in moments after it dries.
Similar deal with most sprays and such.
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Old 03-12-2020, 01:47 PM
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Thanks, folks, that's what I thought. I live in an apartment building catering to seniors (you have to be 50 or more just to get in). There is no COVID-19 in my city (yet) but there is still some frazzlement among residents (understandable, since some do have breathing or other health issues).

One woman was complaining that [Previous Caretaker] used to wipe down the buttons on the elevator at least once daily. I said that the only way that would help would be if somebody wiped it down everytime somebody pushed a button ... and with 20 units per floor and 14 floors ... that's a LOT of button-pushing.

The woman insisted that no, wiping it down a few times a day would serve the purpose.

I suggested she carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with her and use it when she uses the elevator, but apparently that wasn't acceptable.
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Old 03-12-2020, 06:28 PM
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Taking care of hygiene and cleanliness... PERSONALLY? Have you gone MAD?

Still, for something to be effective for only a couple applications a day, it's not likely to be pleasant for hands OR the elevator.

The alternative would be have someone posted in the elevator who did all the button pushing (and was properly gloved/masked/precautioned up). Yeah, we all know that isn't going to happen either.
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Old 03-12-2020, 07:54 PM
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Does anybody know how long the protection of an alcohol wipe lasts on such things as elevator buttons? In terms of killing germs, I mean.
That's easy. It works until some more germs come along.
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Old 03-12-2020, 11:54 PM
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Wiping the buttons (and ideally the rest of the elevator) down regularly does indeed serve a purpose epidemiologically, especially since if not washed off regularly, this one can survive weeks on a surface.
It's not a complete plan of defense, but that sort of thing can trim down the infection numbers early on. Of course once the epidemic actually hits, it'll be spitting into the wind.
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